Historic Night for Kathleen Wynne

Historic Night for Kathleen WynneKathleen Wynne's Liberals will form a majority government in Ontario. This surprising result means two historic firsts:

1. Kathleen Wynne is the first woman elected premier of Ontario

2. Kathleen Wynne is the first openly gay person elected premier of any Canadian province

I'm going to add a third...

3. The fact Kathleen Wynne is a gay woman is no longer a relevant detail.


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Sam in Pickering

Amen.

June 12, 2014 @ 11:08 PM

Al Reda

Wynne is fine, but she didn't so much win this election as Hudak lost this election.

Hudak blew it. AGAIN!

June 12, 2014 @ 11:10 PM

Lyle Lanley

Good on Ontario for not letting one's sexual orientation be a factor.

Now let's get rid of Ford in October!

June 12, 2014 @ 11:17 PM

Luigi

The 4th fact was that none of the other major parties ever brought up her personal life and I'm very glad about that-it has no place in a political discussion in Ontario.
Congrats to Ms. Wynne and the Liberals on their victory tonight. Barring any unforeseen circumstances, it'll be 15 straight years of power for them by the time of the next election-that's a nice run.

June 12, 2014 @ 11:32 PM

Jacob

Agreed. :)

June 12, 2014 @ 11:49 PM

Justin

The Liberals winning this election, let alone a majority, was unfathomable at the beginning of the campaign. Never in my life have I seen a government at any level that deserved to be voted out as much as the Ontario Liberals. Their multitude of embarassing scandals coupled with the Liberals' horrible record should have automatically rendered them to a crushing defeat. Instead, we get a Liberal majority government.

I am confused, disappointed, and shocked.

But above all, I am absolutely livid.

June 13, 2014 @ 12:48 AM

Gump

@Justin

Or just perhaps, your political views are dead wrong.

June 13, 2014 @ 1:31 AM

markosaar

@Justin,

I think you should hold your scorn for Hudak and/or his campaign team. He was practically a shoo-in, and they just completely blew it in every respect.

June 13, 2014 @ 2:03 AM

Rob

No matter whom you voted for, lets hope Wynn does a good job and turns this province around.

June 13, 2014 @ 5:56 AM

Chris

Welcome to Ontario - where committing crimes gets rewarded.

@gump tell us what's right since people you disagree with are wrong. Btw should I have toast or a fruit cup for breakfast? I don't want to make the wrong decision on the first day of our new nanny state.

June 13, 2014 @ 7:09 AM

Sammi

Congratulations Tim Hudak for ensuring the Liberals win this election. A brutal campaign.

June 13, 2014 @ 7:16 AM

this guest

I do not equate Wynne with 'corruption' but I do equate the Ontario Liberal Party with real lack of oversight on how certain depts. behaved.

Wynne will create a new brand comprising elements of the ndp and pc platforms. I think she's very smart.

Having said that there are built in contradictions in the Liberal 'brand:' i.e. how do you promote a new, revitalized Ontario Place as a premier destination spot but without dealing with jets a stone's throw away?

Looks like the plan to shut Ford the fuck up during the election didn't help the extremist Hudak & co all that much. Speaking of civic politics

Is Ford personally responsible for the debacle at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts. Looks like quite a nice gravy train was choo chooing down there.

If 'Wynne' was corrupt then certainly anyone using that line of logic must conclude that Ford is also 'corrupt.'

p.s. I didn't vote Liberal.

June 13, 2014 @ 7:44 AM

Chris

I can.t wait to see how the stuctural deficit is tackled by a government that's in love with spending.


Thankfully I believe in magic.

June 13, 2014 @ 7:53 AM

McNulty

And let the bitterness begin......

As Ford supporters said when he won and the Harper supporters said when he won...the people have spokeb. Overwhelmingly, the people have spoken.

You can choose to listen to them or not. But being angry and calling the Liberals criminals and crooks (where are the charges? as the Ford supporters claim..).

The Liberals won. Their platform won. The world is not ending. The Province isn't falling apart.

June 13, 2014 @ 8:12 AM

Argie

@McNulty
Hopefully those celebrating today will have your outlook when Ford is re-elected in October.

I can only imagine the bitterness, anger and possible suicides.

June 13, 2014 @ 8:36 AM

Speysidephil

Half the people of the province have spoken,
Unfortunately the other half have their heads stuck up their ass.

June 13, 2014 @ 8:45 AM

Lorne

@McNulty: in all fairness, I wouldn't be surprised to see charges levied, if the hard drive stuff yields any evidence.

That being said, charges aren't levied against a party, or an office. They'll be against a person (or people).

Which will be (hopefully) McGuinty. Or whatever scapegoat he manages to hide behind.

And that's the difference, and why people campaigning on "the corrupt Liberal party" are completely missing the point. People have faith in a friggin hockey team because a new coach is in charge and it's no longer "The Ron Wilson Maple Leafs". New coach, new players, the name almost doesn't matter.

It'll be the same for the Conservatives. They might have had a fighting chance if they weren't "The Hudak Conservatives".

We'll see what happens 4 years. If Wynne manages to prove her liberals are different, fix the damaged left by McGuinty, and be good for the whole province like she promised-- we'll probably see another Liberal majority. Otherwise, if the PCs put a strong leader in place, I wouldn't be surprised to see a PC minority next.

June 13, 2014 @ 8:50 AM

Ben Vidal

Surprised no one has spoken about the Toronto Sun's front page cover. Which to say the least made me laugh my ass off.

June 13, 2014 @ 8:58 AM

Aurora Bob

The only election result that was worse than this was the morning that I woke up to hear Bob Rae was elected.

June 13, 2014 @ 9:06 AM

Philly-Bob

Prepare for more manufacturing jobs to flee to the boarder. Everyone who was worried about Hudak cutting 100k jobs...trust me, we will loose many more.

I'm not getting drawn into a debate, I am done with this election. Ben and McNulty will call me chicken little saying the sky is falling, and that's fine, they are entitled to their opinion.

But mark my words..we are screwed. The 400k manufacturing jobs we've already lost on the Liberals watch is just the beginning.

Damn you Tim Hudak, this election was gift wrapped for you and you blew it!

June 13, 2014 @ 9:22 AM

this guest

Argie has returned with a full head of steam under his banners heralding the Ford reelection!

Meanwhile in Washington D.C. Tea Party headquarters they are crunching the Hudak numbers and studying La Pen videos.

June 13, 2014 @ 10:00 AM

markosaar

@this guest,

re: Ontario Place and the airport, I don't think you're thinking big enough. St. Maartin seems to get along fine ;)

June 13, 2014 @ 10:18 AM

this guest

@ markosaar


ha. :-) maybe you're right!

June 13, 2014 @ 10:19 AM

Argie

@this guest
What is that? The 10th La Pen reference you've made? Most people here have no idea what you're talking about. I do, but its your usual nonsense.

June 13, 2014 @ 10:24 AM

this guest

@ Argie


I guess it should be Le Pen. My French is lousy.
I just wonder how many degrees of separation there are between the Tea Party and the Le Pen movement.
And then how many degrees of separation between the Tea Party and Mr. Hudak's conservatives. None as we see.


But on another tack: wouldn't it be weird if actually we agreed on 90% of critical things. Not just you and me but all of us politically opposed to each other?

I wonder if that's true. I wonder if actually a case could be made for building on similar concerns.

June 13, 2014 @ 10:29 AM

Argie

@this guest
Let's see: I like my steak medium, my beer smooth and I have a sweet tooth.

You keep banging the Tea Party drum. From what I know, they're libertarian not ultra-right wing conservative, as you would have us believe. Sure, they're fiscally conservatives but they don't care about the social issues. They were created during the bush years and were critical of him and his spending.

If a Republican is elected president (God willing), you can bet they'll be on his case as well.

June 13, 2014 @ 10:53 AM

Cheryl

Well, Glen Murray won. That's good. He won, not sure by how much, but he won.

June 13, 2014 @ 11:00 AM

Preposterous

Who the FK cares whether she is gay or not? She didn't win this election, Dumbass Hudak lost it. Just like Tory lost it vs McLiar.

1M jobs???? What moron came up with that game plan? & Hudak has no personality, none, zilch, nada. Nor could u say Wynne or Horwath either. All 3 are duds.

& speaking of Horwath, like Hudak she should resign too. But it wont happen, being a single Mom & all, & billing taxpayers for her cups of coffee, its a good life & well paid.

Horwath should of pulled the plug 3 yrs ago.

Justin, don't fret cuz this result can only be good for Harper.

100B debt. Welcome to your nightmare.

Tax Harmonization!
Orange!
Gas Plant!
Drive Clean!
Insurance benefit changes to accident injuries!
Subway fiasco!
Teachers getting whatever they want!
Hydro rip-off!
Car insurance!

Oh yeah, so many reasons to put these clowns back in power.

June 13, 2014 @ 11:22 AM

4x4 Time

My local candidate lost, and the Liberals won a majority. I am not mad or pissed off, disappointed yes, but at the end of the day, democracy won and the people spoke. We are lucky to have the chance to elect our government.

I was very disappointed in the campaigns of all three parties and the leaders in particular, who, too me at least, showed no strong leadership skills nor came across as giving me any real hope of being able to tackle Ontario’s massive problems and try to right this once great province.

Sadly, the blatant attack ads largely fueled by huge amount of dollars spent by organized unions seem to be a reality going forward in upcoming elections. Based on the election results you can argue they were effective on voters. I prefer to listen to the party platforms, decide which one tackles the problems I see as priorities and support them with my vote. Win some, lose some…Four more years to decide again.

June 13, 2014 @ 1:03 PM

Argie

@Preposterous
Nail on the head!

June 13, 2014 @ 1:40 PM

Luigi

Actually @Preposterous, the Ontario debt is $288 Billion as of the 2012/13 budget year with $10 Billion a year just to service it.

There is no way Ms. Wynne's government will be able to keep all their spending plans and balance the budget as well with those numbers hanging over them-and us.

The PCs would do well to research their own history to find out how to succeed next time. The Big Blue Machine was in power for 43 straight years by sticking to the political centre and that wasn't done by accident....Ontarians are traditionally fiscal conservatives and socially liberal-that's Red Tory territory and to get away from that is political suicide.

This year, Mr. Hudak's whole platform was trumped by his musings about cutting a hundred thousand public sector jobs. A million civil servants heard that and worried that they'd be one of them, so of course they'd go against him. That, coupled with an NDP platform that was uninspiring at best and pointless at worst, made it that much easier for Ms. Wynne's Liberals to come back into power.

Political science isn't rocket science, you know.

June 13, 2014 @ 2:02 PM

Bob

Yep, another Wynne for the Fiberals. Another LOSS for the Private Sector working man. Oh well, thank god i'm almost done my working life. I'd hate to be started out again as if yur not a Civil Servant have a fun life working for minimum wage is this Province cause they've driven out all the good paying private sector jobs. Sad day for Ontario :(

June 13, 2014 @ 2:34 PM

Bob

I also find it really sad that some people in Ontario have this weird belief that if they vote Conservative Federally they should vote Liberal Provincially? omg how rediculous? so that means that because Stephen Harper is a mean spirited, fiscally responsible, makes the hard choices that need to be mad Bad Daddy that Wynn can be the Nicey Nice, Spendthrift, give the little Darlings what they want, head in the sand, tomorrow will never come Mommy Liberal that things are balanced? NONSENSE, this is a recipe for Ontario becoming the Greece of North America!

June 13, 2014 @ 2:43 PM

Anonymous

Gerald Caplan:


Mr. Hudak was not unlucky. He was the sole author of his own misfortune. He and his team headed off to Washington, met some of the most extreme Republican politicians and “thinkers,” and returned promising Ontario a full-blown Tea Party platform. It was a corporate fantasy come true and was soon blown out of the water. Rarely in Canadian history have so many independent experts agreed on the dishonesty and distortions of a party’s platform. Still, to be fair, it seemed that Mr. Hudak had managed to persuade the 36 per cent of voters who supported him in 2011 to stick with him again. At least so it seemed to virtually every pollster and every wise guy pundit – until election night. Somehow, fully 5 per cent of those supporters abandoned ship on election day, Mr. Hudak ending up more than 7 per cent behind the Liberals. It was an unequivocal repudiation.

June 13, 2014 @ 7:06 PM

Anonymous

Gerald Caplan:

Ms. Horwath was mainly inept and a little bit unlucky. She increased the NDP’s vote from 2011 by 1 per cent and might have legitimately expected more seats in return. But it was not to be. Let’s be clear: her intention was honourable. Like Tom Mulcair in Ottawa, she understood that to increase the NDP’s vote, and give it any chance of forming a government, somehow the party’s appeal must be expanded. So far so good. But her execution was sloppy and incoherent. She alienated an important part of her base – always the wrong thing to do – without giving many potential new voters reason to support the party. It was an experiment gone wrong, with many lessons for the future.

June 13, 2014 @ 7:06 PM

Tron

I haven't been here for a long, long time. But the results didn't surprise me and I even called it for a year. I remember a while back I said Ford was Wynne best asset, he was her shield. As the Liberal party regrouped and got their stuff together and try to deflect some of the scandals the much more juicy City Hall story was taken over the media. While all the time the Liberals were "moving on" from McGuinty and Conservatism was tied to the freak show that is Ford.

I think they election was even a Wynne win and a Hudak/Conservatives loss. Wynne and liberals won because they took a chance, cut the cord of a former very successful leader mid-stream and got a new leader in place in an effort to have any chance of succeeding.

On the other hand, Conservatives held on and continue giving excuses to a crack-head mayor (similar mistake when the federal conservatives supported Duffy for way to long) and as great red-meat as the Levy, Ezra, talk radio hosts are. They TURN OFF the majority of population. Until the right wing get away from the echo chamber they will never break the 30-35% which is their base. Honest word of advice, don't blame the unions or media or whatever. Look in the mirror, the problem is within.

Well Ford nation is pretty much done, Ford's most famous supporter Doug Holyday didn't just lose but lost BIG 47 to 34. Etobicoke Centre the Liberals won with 50% and Etobicoke North the PC candidate came in third! So as a self-admitted Liberal who said last year the best thing for Liberals is to keep Ford around. Thank you Ford nation for the help. It's just too bad the federal election isn't before the mayoral election.

June 13, 2014 @ 7:40 PM

Argie

I love how liberals are bitter not just in defeat but in victory as well.

June 13, 2014 @ 10:24 PM

this guest

Doug Holyday won't be riding sidesaddle in the Ford gang any longer.

June 13, 2014 @ 11:18 PM

McNulty

How are Liberals bitter?

Who has been bitter besides pointing out the bitterness in people like Levy and Toronto Sun editors?

All I've read here is end of the world and Ontario will be Greece sentiments from people.

June 14, 2014 @ 12:19 PM

Argie

McNulty,

Read tron, Caplin & this guest.

June 14, 2014 @ 3:52 PM

Chris

When Harper won there was all sorts of wailing and gnashing of teeth over the percentage of the vote that he got. 38% for Wynne and not a peep. When Ford was electing there was much whining about the turnout. The two worst provincial turnouts are with these liberals and again no mention. So is our system bad or fine? Is the population lazy or do enough vote? Or does it matter only if your guy doesn't get in?

For the record I declined my vote. I'm just interested in the same way I'm interested in who gets voted out on survivor.

June 14, 2014 @ 6:33 PM

this guest

Argie what is your definition of 'bitter?'

The image of Doug Holyday riding sidesaddle while enabling the Ford gang?

Excuse after excuse after excuse. "We didn't see the video of anybody rustling cattle."

Run out of a dusty little town by the townsfolk?

That image is 'bitter?'

June 14, 2014 @ 7:31 PM

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